|Barked: Wed Dec 5, '12 4:57am PST |
|Ah, stubborn, I thrive on that! Bird dawg stubborn, as you find in a Pointer, that is. I had a Pointer bitch like that as a child to put me through a wringer.
I like biddable, high drive, good nerved dogs. That rules out certain breeds, directs me to certain groups, naturally. And then there are individuals within those groups. Give me the puppy that springs out at you, that attacks the opening umbrella, that does not fear the balloon, that startles briefly then recovers boldly. I was once given the chance to pick my puppy -- got all that and more, and he was quite the character. I want an assertive dog, full of himself.
Things I do not like:
any propensity toward DA, SA, SSA, HA. No way, no how. Not with a houseful of dogs. Already dealing with 2 of those. Plus a timid guy, who is getting more confident, day by day.
low drive: just bores me
bad nerves: again, not something I like to work with
non-biddable, non-eager to please. I want a dog who wants to please me, follow my directions, is handler-bonded naturally.
Beyond those I want a dog-social, human-social dog, not a dog who only like me.
So I naturally gravitate to the more biddable groups: gun dogs and herders, who have worked with man for many years. I prefer the less sharp herders. My ACD has plenty of drive, but she is sharp and has a propensity to cause trouble with other dogs. And then there are the working dogs, too, but I prefer the more social of these. I like hounds, but I'd let them do what hounds are meant to do, and I couldn't live in an all hound household. It's not that I find them challenging. I even find Chis fine to teach. But my friend's teacup Yorkie -- I'm an abject failure with that dog. My ultimate challenge.
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